by Joseph Pawlus (Photos courtesy of Thomas Michael Rozdzynski)
(Photos courtesy of Thomas Michael Rodzynski – www.thrumyeye.com)
CHICAGO, ILL. – The UIC Pavilion made a perfect venue for the well-produced IMMAC Attack II event held on Saturday, April 21. The IMMAC promoters pulled out all the stops for a stellar show, although crowd attendance did not meet expectations.
The main event featured featherweight powerhouse Miguel Torres versus Keith Hackney Martial Arts protégé Darius Turcinskas. Turcinskas’s last fight was during February’s Total Fight Challenge at the Hammond Civic Center where he knocked out his opponent in the first 20 seconds of round one. It appeared Turcinskas might have a repeat performance over the seasoned veteran as his first head kick landed and crumpled Torres to the mat. Torres made a quick recovery, absorbed a few more big shots and then dominated the rest of the match.
“The fights are getting harder and harder. The field of competition is getting a lot tougher,” said Armando Reyna, Torres’s long-time friend and trainer. Torres, who has grown accustomed to winning with relative ease, was sporting a few minor bruises and cuts following the fight.
Torres has been competing in MMA events for the last seven years and is placed as one of the top MMA featherweights in the world, especially in the Shooto World and Americas rankings. So as a featherweight… where can he go from here?
“Bodog and the W.E.C. both offered me contracts. Bodog made a higher bid, so I am going with them. Since they are offering me more money than any other featherweight fighter in the world, I am going to invest all my time and energy into training. For the last three years, I’ve been doing a lot of teaching. I am really going to focus on fight training,” Torres said.
Other IMMAC highlights took shape in the 205-pound division as Carlson Gracie fighter Anthony Gomez put on a side control/ground-and-pound clinic in a unanimous decision over Derrek Thorton and Krzysztof Kulak battled Bill Hill to a bloody standstill.
The Kulak/Hill match up was the best fight on the card.
Kulak has fought all over the world, while his opponent Bill “the Truth” Hill has been tested against the likes of UFC light heavyweight challengers Jeremy Horn, Stephan Bonnar, and Terry Martin.
Kulak came out swinging and seemed to have Hill out on his feet with his first barrage of punches. With his nose bleeding profusely, Hill mounted a courageous comeback to get through the first round and steal the second round with landed strikes and takedown points. It was an unintentional Kulak elbow (elbows aren’t allowed in IMMAC events) to Hill’s left eyebrow in the third round that caused the ringside doctor to stop the fight.
IMMAC has a great thing going and their organizers don’t skimp on the budget for production value. All they need is a good-size crowd to enjoy the attraction, so look for an event coming to a town near you.
IMMAC Attack 2 Results
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Miguel Torres def. Darius Turcinskas via sub (rear naked choke) – R2 (0:57)
Krzysztof Kulak def. Bill Hill via doctor stoppage (cut) – R3 (3:20)
Adam Maciejewski def. Bobby “Gunz” Martinez via sub – R2 (2:40)
Andrew Gerdes def. Charles Wilson via TKO (strikes) – R1 (2:36)
Anthony Gomez def. Derek Thornton via unanimous decision – 3 rounds
Darrin Elkins def. Daniel Wanderley via corner stoppage (injury) – after round 1
Kevin Knabjian def. Jedrzej Kubski via TKO (strikes) – R2 (1:20)
Adril Villa def. Chris Erickson via verbal sub (strikes) – R1
Anthony Lapsley def. Andre Novaes Pimenta via sub (triangle choke) – R1 (2:15)
Rafal Skibinski def. Pierre Davis via sub (armbar) – R1 (2:06)
Jason Wagner def. Kyle Dietrich via unanimous decision – 3 rounds
For more information, go to the IMMAC website at www.immacfight.com.